The Ebonyi North Elders Consultative Assembly has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari against the location of the newly approved Federal College of Education in Isu community in Ebonyi South Senatorial District.
In the petition, the group stated that the decision by the Federal Ministry of Education to site the college in the area was against the principle of fairness, equity and justice.
They argued that the institution does not deserve to be situated in the proposed location as two of the three federal tertiary educational institutions in the state had already been sited in Ebonyi South Senatorial District.
“We are, however, disconcerted to note that Federal Ministry of Education approved that the college be sited at Isu in Onitcha LGA in Ebonyi South.
“This is in contradiction to the principle of fairness, equity and justice, considering the indisputable fact that the district has two of the three federal tertiary institutions in the state, namely Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic and Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu.
“The Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike, is located in Ikwo LGA in Ebonyi Central, leaving Ebonyi North without any federal education tertiary institution” the signatories to the petition said.
A copy of the petition dated May 29, was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abakaliki on Wednesday.
It was captioned, “An Open Letter To President Muhammadu Buhari, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria: Petition against the siting of the Federal College of Education (allocated to Ebonyi) at Isu, Onitcha LGA in Ebonyi South Senatorial District”.
The group appealed to Buhari to prevail on the decisions of the Federal Ministry of Education to repeal its decision and revoke the approval for the siting of the college at Isu.
They demanded that the Federal Character principle be followed, and the institution be sited in any areas in Ebonyi North Senatorial District, comprising Izzi, Ohaukwu, Ebonyi and Abakaliki LGAs.
The petition was signed by 15 members of the assembly, including Prof. Richard Idike, former Vice Chancellor of Ebonyi State University, Sen. Chris Nwankwo, Sen. Sylvester Ngele, Rt. Rev Monday Nkwoegu, the Bishop of Abakaliki Anglican Communion.
Others were Rev. Emmanuel Nshii, State Overseer, Assemblies of God Church; Chief Austin Edeze, Chairman, Governing Council, Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti; and Eze Fidelis Nwaonumara, Chairman, Izzi/Nnodo Traditional Rulers Council, among others.